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This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.

This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.
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This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality + yield -- for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. In each episode, we describe why crop challenges appear, and how to resolve them and -- we give you straightforward, actionable information that you can implement right away to increase crop quality and yields, produce pest resistance and climate resilience, regenerate soil health, and most importantly, increase farm profitability.

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English


Episodes

Gary Zimmer, Pioneer in Organic and Regenerative (Part 1)

11/9/2018
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Gary Zimmer’s impact on modern regenerative agriculture technique and proliferation is hard to overestimate -- with an enthusiasm and zeal that are positively infectious -- we are privileged to have him as a guest on the podcast. Zimmer is the founder of Midwestern BioAg,a company which advocates similar principals to Advancing Eco Agriculture, while focusing on dry soil amendments. He farms with his family in Sauk County, Wisconsin and is the author of two seminal books on biological...

Duration:00:34:51

From Dirt To Soil with Gabe Brown

11/2/2018
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Gabe Brown is a clear, collected, and inspired voice for regenerative agriculture, having implemented and seen great changes on his family's ranch in North Dakota over time. In fact, Gabe’s A-Horizon (topsoil) is 27 in, and the soils on surrounding farms only have 4-6 in of topsoil! Gabe is the author of the recently published and highly-acclaimed book, Dirt To Soil, from Chelsea Green. I highly recommend reading this truly inspiring and informative book. Speaking and teaching about...

Duration:00:44:41

Fungi Matters with Peter McCoy

10/17/2018
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Peter McCoy speaks for the fungi. His mission is to increase awareness, appreciation and the practical use of all manner of mushroom and mycelia. Peter is a co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group, Radical Mycology. He is also the author of a book by the same name which I’ve found to be the most thorough, current, and inspiring mycological reference available. For those of you new to the wonderful world of Fungi and regenerative agriculture, mycology is the study of fungi (mushrooms,...

Duration:00:50:37

Traits of Exceptional Farm Managers

9/7/2018
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In this episode, I explore the characteristics shared by farm managers whose operations are exceptionally successful, and consistently outperform similar farms in the region. In my experience as a field consultant and working with AEA's growers, I’ve observed a set of distinctive managerial patterns in the more successful growing operations. These traits bring outstanding results when farmers apply them over time. Listen to this episode for insights on these characteristics, and how they...

Duration:00:42:03

How Nutrition Impacts Dairy Performance

8/31/2018
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Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines is a Veterinarian with a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition, who is currently working as the Staff Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley. She has researched neonatal immunity and colostrum supplementation in dairy calves and has also performed research on improving the fatty acid profile of milk through nutrition. Combining the knowledge from her experience with ruminants and her technical training and research, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines provides grazing insights and key...

Duration:00:54:54

How To Prevent Nitrogen and Phosphorous Leaching

8/10/2018
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In this episode, John discusses specific methods for the management of nitrogen and phosphorous for maximum benefit while reducing leaching, runoff, and pollution. Learn how to address nitrogen and phosphorus from both organic and conventional approaches. This episode contains effective, actionable information geared towards responsible and regenerative fertilizer management. This episode is sourced from a previously recorded AEA webinar and contains specific AEA product recommendations --...

Duration:00:50:04

3 Things To Do When Plants Don't Respond to Nutrient Applications

7/31/2018
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Sometimes growers apply fertilizers to crops that don’t respond to the applications like they're expecting. When plant health and vigor is in a decline, and nutrient applications don’t move the needle, how can we reclaim the situation? Through our consulting experience, we have learned that when nutrient applications bring little response and plants are going downhill, applying the right biology will reverse the direction of a declining crop with a speed and effectiveness that is almost...

Duration:00:09:41

The Job of a Farmer is to Feed the Soil with Sarah Singla

7/27/2018
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Sarah Singla is a farmer, agronomist, and educator from Southern France. Her family farm has been in no-till production since 1980. When she took the reigns in 2010 she additionally pursued a wonderfully complex diversified cover-cropping, mixed species, multi-income-stream approach that is highly thought-out, yet fluid. Sarah has visited growers the world over in direct communication about their production systems. Her experience is broad, yet she consistently finds the most successful...

Duration:00:36:28

Ecosystem Diversity Prevents Insect Pressure

7/20/2018
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Jonathan Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director of the ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004 and was a professional pesticide evaluator with USDA-ARS for 11 years. Jonathan's research and education programs focus on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for sustainable food systems. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy...

Duration:00:55:23

The Fallacy of Perfect Soil Reports

7/16/2018
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Soil analysis should be used as a milestone to monitor progress towards growing healthy crops; they should not be used as a goal. Every nutrient and soil amendment application needs to produce a strong crop response, not just a soil analysis response. When we apply this understanding properly it means that we will not apply uneconomical quantities of soil amendments to balance a soil analysis that do not first provide a benefit to the crop. On the mini-episode this week, I talk...

Duration:00:15:11

Microbial Influences on Crop Quality with Greg Pennyroyal

7/13/2018
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Greg Pennyroyal is the Viticulture and Enology Coordinator at Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula, California. He is also the Professor of Viticulture for Mt. San Jacinto Community College. Greg has worked in many industries including medicinal organic herb production, traditional eastern medicine, and botanical medicine research and development. Greg has been active in researching neurodegenerative diseases in conjunction with the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a...

Duration:00:56:08

Vegetative and Reproductive Nutrients with John Kempf

7/10/2018
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I’ve been asked a lot recently about how to manage vegetative growth versus reproductive growth. On the mini-episode this week, I talk about which nutrients drive strong vegetative growth, and which drive strong reproductive growth and development, along with the hormonal interactions which drive plant dominance. Nutrients in both categories interact with and synergize or antagonize certain plant hormones. These interactions shape how trees and plants develop reproductive buds and fruitwood...

Duration:00:21:56

Rethinking Plant Physiology and Absorption of Nutrients From the Soil

6/29/2018
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Dr. Jerry Pollack is a pioneering water researcher whose work in structured water and cell biology has been described as being some of the most important research that will be conducted in the 21st century. His research creates a completely new paradigm of cell biology and nutrient absorption. He is recognized worldwide as a dynamic speaker and author, whose passion lies in plumbing the depths of natural truths. Dr. Pollack received the 1st Emoto Peace Prize and is a recipient of the...

Duration:01:07:50

Why Regenerative Agriculture with John Kempf

6/26/2018
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On the mini-episode this week, I focus on why we should develop regenerative agriculture, how it is different, and why it is important. In the past 10 or 12 years, a lot of conversation has been had on sustainable agriculture. In this episode, I explore what it is that we want to sustain, why regeneration is important, and how regenerative farming systems impact the bottom line in a way that sustainability cannot. Support For This Show This episode is brought to you by AEA - Advancing...

Duration:00:08:17

BioEnergetics in Agriculture with Steve Diver

6/22/2018
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Steve Diver has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Horticulture and has conducted research on fruit and nut production, and seasonal changes in elemental concentration in pecan fruit and leaves. He has served as the Extension Horticulture Agent in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, and has also worked as an Agriculture Specialist with the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service. In 2010, he established an independent firm, Agri-Horticultural Consulting, which provided soil analysis and...

Duration:00:45:47

How Soil Health Impacts Performance of Cherry Varieties with Professor Lynn Long

6/20/2018
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Professor Lynn Long has worked in sweet cherry research and Extension at Oregon State University since 1988. At that time, the main cherry variety being grown was Bing on a Mazzard rootstock, leading to disease and susceptibility to weather pressure. Lynn has been an advocate for diversity in varieties and rootstocks, maintaining a cherry variety trial since 1996, and evaluating nearly 100 varieties and selections for potential adoption by the sweet cherry industry in the Pacific Northwest....

Duration:00:45:35

Eliminating the Need For Synthetic Fertilizers with Dr. Kris Nichols

6/15/2018
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Dr. Kris Nichols has conducted innovative research on soil biology, understanding how to regenerate soil health quickly. She is the founder and principal scientist of KRIS (Knowledge for Regeneration In Soils) Systems Education & Consulting Services. Dr. Nichols has also been the Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute and a Research Soil Microbiologist with the USDA. In this episode, Kris and I discuss how to harness the power of fungi to decrease the use of synthetic fertilizers, the...

Duration:00:59:46

Dr. Jerry Hatfield on Why Should We Care About Soil Health

5/29/2018
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Dr. Hatfield is the laboratory director for the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment. He has also served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis and is a Past President of the American Society of Agronomy. In this short but very powerful episode, Jerry and I discuss the mechanics of improving plant efficiency in capturing water, nutrients, and light and put that into productivity. We talk about the role that the soil-plant continuum plays in not only...

Duration:00:41:24

Plant and Insect Communications in Biological Cropping Systems with Dr. Larry Phelan

5/18/2018
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This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Larry Phelan, a professor at Ohio State University where he heads research programs studying the role of soil communities in plant health and susceptibility to disease and insect pests in biological farming systems. Larry also heads programs researching the identification and behaviors of plant secondary compounds and insect pheromones that affect host finding and other behaviors. In this episode, Larry and I discuss plant and insect...

Duration:00:52:22

Winning the Weed Control Challenge on Organic Crops with Klaas Martens

5/11/2018
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This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a great farmer and friend of mine, Klaas Martens. Klaas has been farming for more than 30 years and has driven the adoption of sustainable farming practices through his work with numerous national organizations and advisory committees. This episode contains some really great information from Klaas’s many years of experience developing sustainable farming systems. In this episode, we talk about the cultural practices that form the basis of weed...

Duration:01:06:07